The 32nd Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union in Cairo (AIPU)
Thursday، 17 February 2022 - 12:00 AM
The activities of the 32nd Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union will be held in Cairo on 17-18 February, 2022, under the theme “Arab Solidarity”, amid a wide participation of Arab Parliament Speakers.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Counselor Dr. Hanafi Jabali, will participate at the head of a parliamentary delegation in the work of the conference. The Speaker of the House of Representatives is scheduled to deliver the Egyptian Parliament’s speech before the conference on ways to revive the values of Arab solidarity. Members of the Egyptian parliamentary delegation will also participate in the meetings of the committees of the Arab Parliamentary Union. The conference is scheduled to witness the transfer of the presidency of the Arab Parliamentary Union from Saqr Ghobash, Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council, to Fawzia bint Abdullah Zainal, Speaker of the Bahraini Parliament.
About the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU)
The Arab Inter-parliamentary Union (AIPU) is an Arab parliamentary organization composed of parliamentary groups representing Arab Parliaments.
The Arab Parliamentary Union is an Arab parliamentary organization consisting of parliamentarians representing Arab parliaments (Parliamentary and Shura councils).
The union currently includes the membership of twenty-two parliamentary divisions representing Arab parliaments.
The Arab Parliamentary Union aims to achieve a number of goals, most notably promoting meetings and dialogue between Arab parliamentary councils seeking joint action and coordination of Arab parliamentary efforts in various fields, including exchanging legislative experiences.
The activities of the 32nd Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union Was launched in Cairo on Thursday 17 February, 2022, under the theme “Arab Solidarity”, with the wide participation of Arab Parliament Speakers.
House of Representatives Speaker Hanafi Gebali delivered a speech on the importance of restoring Arab solidarity.
He asserted that restoring Arab solidarity became a must in light of the challenges besetting the Arab world at the current stage.
Gebali said the inability to reach a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue hinders achieving stability and peaceful coexistence in the region as the international community still lacks a real political will to find solution to the years-old issue in accordance with relevant international terms of reference.
He added that the spread of terrorism is a main problem facing Arab national security, calling for unifying Arab efforts to face terrorism in order to achieve stability and security in the region.
Gebali, also, emphasized that having an economic integration will lead to more solid Arab solidarity.
He expressed Egyptian people's appreciation for Arab solidarity with Egypt and Sudan as regards their water security, saying the water security of these two nations is an integral part of Arab national security.
He, further, called on the Ethiopian side to give up its stubbornness and refrain from taking unilateral measures in order to be able to reach a satisfactory and binding solution.
At the end of his speech, Gebali noted that the Arab world is in a dire need of enhancing Arab solidarity in light of the turbulences jeopardizing the stability of many Arab countries nowadays.
Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC) and President of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) Saqr Ghobash delivered a speech, in which he said that the conference is being held amidst rapid regional and international developments that require Arab countries to cooperate and be aware of risks and their effects on Arab security.
He also highlighted the adverse effects of foreign interventions in the internal affairs of Arab countries, which require the drafting of an Arab parliamentary vision and not just condemnation.
He lauded Arab League Resolution No.8725 issued in January 2022, which called upon all countries to classify the Houthis as a terrorist group after their attacks on civilian facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE that violate the United Nations (UN) Charter, international humanitarian law and relevant international conventions.
Ghobash then stressed the conference’s closing declaration must confirm the content of the Arab League’s resolution.
For her part, Bahraini Parliament Speaker Fawzia Zainal delivered a speech, in which she stressed that the Arab world is facing exceptional circumstances, risks and challenges, which confirm the urgent need to deepen the idea of teamwork and develop the spirit of Arab solidarity.
She stressed that what unites the Arab peoples is greater than what divides them, calling on Arab parliaments to strengthen their role in promoting Arab unity and solidarity.
Zainal stressed the importance of expanding the scope of Arab solidarity in light of the critical developments witnessed by many brotherly Arab countries with regard to its security, stability and unity, in addition to development challenges.
In this regard, she said that the solidarity of Arab parliaments can contribute positively to maintaining security and stability, as well as protecting the internal unity in Iraq, Sudan, Libya and Syria, in addition to supporting brotherly Egypt and Sudan to preserve their full water rights.
She added that the Palestinian issue remains the central issue of the Arab nation, stressing the firm position on the right of the Palestinian people to restore their rights and establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, which will contribute to strengthening the pillars of comprehensive peace in the region, based on the Arab Peace Initiative and relevant international legitimacy resolutions.
Zainal stressed the need to deepen the spirit of Arab cooperation and solidarity, and to stand united in the face of the Houthi terrorist militia’s practices that aim to destabilize Arab security, citing the Houthis’ repeated terrorist attacks against Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which led to many victims and wounded, as well as the destruction of facilities. and property, which requires the entire Arab nation to reaffirm solidarity with the two brotherly countries, and to support all measures they deem necessary to preserve their security, stability and territory. integrity.
The Bahraini Parliament Speaker called on the Arab Representatives to explicitly condemn Iran’s blatant interference in the internal affairs of a number of Arab countries, and its repeated attempts to sabotage the security and stability of the region by forming militias and providing them with funding and weapons, within the framework of the Iranian regime’s expansionist policies that endanger regional and global security and peace, in violation of United Nations conventions and laws.
Zainal highlighted the importance of strengthening the role of the Arab Parliamentary Union in line with the distinguished position and rich history of the Arab nation and in a manner that serves the interests of the Arab peoples.
For his part, Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit, delivered a speech, in which he called upon the Arab parliamentarians to work constantly to strengthen coordination and cooperation among them “to confront the dangers and challenges that threaten Arab national security in its various dimensions.”
He said the Arab region is still recovering while noting the consecutive geopolitical threats and ongoing security, economic and social threats affecting the region.
Aboul Gheit added that Ongoing crises are an ideal environment for incubating terrorism and extremism and the spread of militias and armed groups, highlighting the terrorist attacks against civilian facilities in the UAE.
He condemned ''in the strongest terms'' the Houthi attacks against Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The militia pose a serious threat to regional security and the safety of navigation, considering the major importance of Yemen’s strategic location on the Red Sea.
He, also, asserted that fight against terrorism is ongoing, and Arab parliaments must assist the efforts of their states and governments to highlight the dangers of terrorism and its threat to the cohesion and stability of communities, as well as the process of development.
At the end of his speech, Aboul Gheit stressed that the Palestinian issue remains an Arab concern, stressing that achieving peace, stability and security in the region “will only be achieved by ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and establishing an independent state according to the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
On the sidelines of the conference, Speaker of the House of Representatives Counselor Dr.Hanafi el Gebaly held several bilateral meetings with a number of speakers and heads of the parliamentary delegations participating in the 32nd Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union held in Cairo.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Counselor Dr.Hanafi el Gebaly held a meeting with Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC) and President of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) Saqr Ghobash, during which he hailed Ghobash’s efforts and wise leadership of the AIPU.
Gebaly, also, lauded the solid ties binding Egypt and the UAE, highlighting the constant coordination between them at all regional and international forums.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Counselor Dr.Hanafi el Gebaly held a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart Abdul karim Al Daghmi, in which he asserted the deeply-rooted Egyptian-Jordanian ties at all levels, calling for promoting bilateral relations mainly at the parliamentary level and ensure coordination at international forums.
Meanwhile, Daghmi said Jordanian King Abdullah II is keen on fostering relations with Egypt, hailing achievements recognized in it under President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Counselor Dr.Hanafi el Gebaly conferred with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed al-Halbousi on relations and cooperation between Cairo and Baghdad.
Halbousi asserted his country’s keenness to coordinate and cooperate with Egypt at the bilateral level and also with Iraq at the trilateral level.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Counselor Dr.Hanafi el Gebaly held a meeting with the head of the Somali parliamentary delegation Saeed Mohamed Mahmoud, in which he asserted Egypt’s strong keenness on boosting relations with Somalia, mainly at the parliamentary level.
He, also, affirmed Egypt’s full support to Somalia at all levels.
Meanwhile, Mahmoud stressed Somalia’s support to the Egyptian stance in the Ethiopian dam issue.
For his part, Dr. Hanafi Gabali affirmed Egypt's keenness to strengthen Egyptian-Somali relations, especially at the parliamentary level, expressing Egypt's full support at all levels for Somalia in light of the historical relations between the two brotherly countries.